2014 Dorothy D. Rupe Nursing Assistant Grants

A Request for Proposals

The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation invites accredited California community colleges to submit proposals for consideration at its February 2014 board meeting. Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to support certified nursing assistant and home health aide programs during the 2014-15 academic year.

The central goal of the Dorothy D. Rupe Nursing Program is to sustain and strengthen certified nursing assistant and home health aide training programs at California community colleges. Grants are awarded to programs providing quality entry-level healthcare training for students, thereby creating economic opportunity for low-income, unemployed and/or re-entry workers, as well as increasing the availability of CNAs and HHAs in California communities demonstrating a critical need in the workforce.

Dorothy D. Rupe Nursing Assistant Grants can be used for the following:   

  • Instructional Support – To fund an instructor or instructional assistant position for the purpose of expansion, improvement, or preservation of an at-risk program
  • Student Scholarships and Emergency Assistance – To provide scholarships for registration fees, books, uniforms and/or one-time emergency assistance for low-income students
  • Equipment/Supplies – To upgrade outdated or deteriorating equipment for CNA/HHA training, or to purchase needed supplies not provided for by the nursing department due to statewide budget cuts
  • Curriculum Development – To support the creation of courses not already offered by the program, in order to address needs in the workforce and assist with the professional development of CNA/HHAs

Please note that the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation provides support for direct program expenses only; funding may not be used to pay for indirect costs or college foundation overhead.

To ensure consideration, proposals must be submitted to the foundation no later than January 10, 2014. Awards will be announced in March.

Program Background
The Dorothy D. Rupe Nursing Program at the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation was prompted by Arthur Rupe’s experience with his late wife’s illness and his ordeal in finding suitably trained, compassionate nursing assistants to care for her. Since 2000, the foundation has provided support to Santa Barbara City College’s Dorothy D. Rupe Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide Program, resulting in the training and certification of approximately 115 nursing assistants annually. The program frequently achieves completion and examination pass rates of 100 percent; in addition, nearly 45 percent of SBCC CNA students are employed at local facilities immediately upon completing the program, and over 70 percent continue working toward certification as a Licensed Vocational Nurse or an Associate’s Degree in Nursing.

As a result of this successful venture—and mindful of the ongoing need for certified nursing assistants and home health aides to care for our rapidly aging population throughout the state of California—the foundation wishes to extend its support to other CNA/HHA programs in the California community college system. In 2013, the foundation awarded twelve program grants totaling nearly $500,000. For more information on last year’s awards, visit www.rupefoundation.org/programs/nursing.php.

All California community colleges with an existing certified nursing assistant program are eligible to apply. Grants will be distributed to the college’s foundation or other qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves as the program’s fiscal sponsor.

How to Apply
Please apply online at https://www.grantinterface.com/rupe/Common/LogOn.aspx. Applications must include the following:

  • A brief overview of the community college and population served
  • A detailed description of the nursing assistant program, including year established, number of sections offered per semester, number of students enrolled/waitlisted, completion rate and CNA exam pass rate
  • A description of the program’s current needs and the project to be funded
  • Names and brief biographies of the program director and any other key faculty and/or staff involved in the project
  • Project timeline and evaluation methods
  • A detailed project budget

After submission, the foundation may contact the CNA program director with questions or a request for additional information.

Reporting Requirements
Grantees will be required to submit fiscal and narrative reports on project outcomes within 30 days of its completion.

For questions or additional information, please contact Christine Northup, Program Officer, at Christine@anrf.net or (805) 687-8586.